Monthly Archives: January, 2021


S5-22: Words and Music, Part 3

Published - January 30, 2021

“When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud.” ― Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” It’s a rather different program this week.  Once again we’re pairing women’s poetry with women’s music, and letting each work stand on its own.   Words and Music, Part 3 Margaret Bonds:  Troubled Water Helen Walker-Hill, piano “Kaleidoscope: Music by African-American Women” Leonarda 339 Jennifer Margaret Barker:  Na Tri Peathraichean Laurie Baefsky, flute; Jennifer Margaret Barker, piano “Geenyoch” Meyer Media 1001 Alla Elana Cohen:  Brachot (Blessings) for String Quartet Marissa Licota & Melissa Bull, violins; Alexander Vavilov, viola; Sebastian Baverstam, cello “Red Lilies of Bells; Golden

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Long awaited gambling report quietly released

Published - January 25, 2021

A state-sponsored analysis of New York’s gambling landscape and the ramification of future developments was published quietly on Friday. The report by Spectrum Gaming Group, which was due on June 1, presents estimates on future gambling revenues from the creation of New York City-area casinos (potentially more than $4.5 billion in annual gross gaming revenues), examined different tax rates for existing gambling operators, and considered the legalization of mobile sports wagering (up to $1.4 billion annually in gross gaming revenue at retail and digital outlets in three to five years).

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S5-21: Patchwork Quilt, Part XXV

Published - January 23, 2021

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley Once again, a Patchwork Quilt episode with works and performances from women in the classical music world.   Patchwork Quilt, Part XXV: Traditional:  Lonely Waterloo Ofra Harnoy, cello Mike Herriott, various instruments “On the Rock” Analekta 2 8909 Meira Warshauer:  Living Breathing Earth, Mvt. IV Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Petr Vronsky, conductor “Living Breathing Earth” Navona 5842 Elizabeth R. Austin:  Lighthouse Symphony Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Joel Eric Suben, conductor “Window Panes” Navona 6304 Elizabeth Start: Air Swiftly Flies Elizabeth Start, cello Helen Lukan, piano “From the

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Bid on incredible travel bargains with WCNY’s 26th annual Travel Auction

Published - January 21, 2021

WCNY presents its 26th annual Travel Auction beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 on WCNY-TV. The live auction also airs at 7 p.m. Jan. 23, 28, and 29. Bidding starts at 60% off of each trip’s value. While the coming months present travel challenges due to coronavirus, most of WCNY’s TravelAuction trips can be used through December of 2021 or later. Many trips are close to home and across the east coast. For those without TV access, live streaming of the auction will be available at wcny.org. Viewers are invited to bid on hundreds of trips in the United States,

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WCNY to broadcast City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh’s State of the City Address live; special ‘CONNECT NY’ program follows

Published - January 20, 2021

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, will present a two-hour hour LIVE Syracuse State of the City television program beginning at 7 p.m. on WCNY-TV. At 7 p.m., City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will deliver his State of the City Address via the City’s Facebook and YouTube pages. WCNY will present the program on WCNY-TV. The State of the City Address will be followed by a special report on WCNY’s “CONNECT NY” public affairs TV program with host David Lombardo of “The Capitol Pressroom.” Guests joining Lombardo include: Teri Weaver, Reporter, The Post-Standard Sheena Solomon, Executive Director

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Senate Dems tee up bills regulating third-party delivery services

Published - January 15, 2021

Senate Democrats are scheduled to pass legislation Tuesday that would impose new regulations on third-party delivery services, such as Uber Eats and Doordash. Bills that would cap the fees delivery companies charge restaurants during the pandemic – as well as the immediate aftermath – and require the delivery companies to have written agreements with restaurants they want to work with are poised to make their way through the Senate’s committee process on Tuesday and are expected to get a floor vote later that day, according to a senate spokesman.

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Medical Aid in Dying Act faces uphill road to passage in 2021

Published - January 14, 2021

Support is growing in the state Legislature for a measure that would enable terminally-ill, mentally-competent New Yorkers to legally end their own lives, but the votes aren’t there yet for passage in the Assembly, according to one of the bill’s sponsors. “I don’t know if it’s something that’s necessarily going to pass the Assembly this year, but I think that if anytime this would be the time in which we’re closer to moving it,” Assemblymember Karines Reyes, a sponsor of the “Medical Aid in Dying Act,” told The Capitol Pressroom.

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S5-20: Sound the Horns

Published - January 9, 2021

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”  – Charlie Parker The Brass Bodies study is a research project studying how the differences in male vs. female physiology affects not only the way women are taught brass instruments, but how these differences reinforce gender bias in in the music industry.  This episode showcases some wonderfully talented women playing and composing for brass instruments.   Sound the Horns: Stacy Garrop:  Helios Gaudete Brass Quintet “Chicago Moves” Cedille 90000 136 Ida Gotkovsky:  Trombone Concerto JoDee Davis, trombone Eric Charnofsky,

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S5-19: Influential Women

Published - January 9, 2021

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” – Stephen King Few people set out to be a groundbreaker.  But when they break down a barrier, their influence becomes far-reaching.  The women on today’s program are all groundbreakers, and examples of how to reach one’s own potential.   Influential Women:   Hildegard of Bingen:  O viridissima virga Andrea Folan, soprano Elizabethan Conversation “The Medieval Lady” Leonards 340 Anna Clyne:  Masquerade, from Mythologies Marin Alsop, conductor BBC Symphony Orchestra “Mythologies” Avie 2434 Louise Farrenc:  Clarinet Trio, Op. 44 (excerpt) The Leroy Trio “Farrenc/D’Indy: Trios for Clarinet, Cello and

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Bid on incredible travel bargains with WCNY’s 26th anniversary Travel Auction

Published - January 6, 2021

WCNY presents its 26th annual Travel Auction beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 on WCNY-TV. The live auction also airs at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 30. Bidding starts at 60% off of each trip’s value. While the coming months present travel challenges due to coronavirus, most of WCNY’s TravelAuction trips can be used through December of 2021 or later. Many trips are close to home and across the east coast. For those without TV access, live streaming of the auction will be available at wcny.org. Viewers are invited to bid on hundreds of trips in the United

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Report on state gambling landscape long overdue

Published - January 6, 2021

A state-commissioned study on New York’s gambling landscape, which would likely be used to justify a significant gambling expansion, is now seven months overdue. The report by Spectrum Gaming Group was due on June 1, but the deadline was extended by the state Gaming Commission in order to gauge the full impact of the pandemic on existing gambling operations and its implications on future gambling options, including mobile sports betting and an accelerated development of downstate casinos. A draft report was submitted to the state in the spring of 2020, but it has not been made public.

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Hinchey gets agriculture in Senate committee shakeup

Published - January 5, 2021

Freshman Sen. Michelle Hinchey is getting a plum committee assignment in her first year on the job. The Ulster County Democrat has been named chair of the chamber’s agriculture committee by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, according to the party’s roster of committee chair assignments, which are largely unchanged since the Democrats assumed the majority in 2019. Hinchey takes over for Jen Metzger, who narrowly lost her seat in November.

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2020 Movie Diary

Published - January 4, 2021

2020 wasn’t just about watching television. There were movies last year too, even though I didn’t see any in theaters. Here’s a (pretty) comprehensive list of my at-home cinematic experiences from the last 12 months.

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S5-18: Fire and Ice

Published - January 2, 2021

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.”  – Cormac McCarthy On this episode of Feminine Fusion, music inspired by some of the most critical – and sometimes frightening – elements:  Fire and Ice.  Each is vital to our modern existence.  Fire warms us in the winter, and ice cools us when we are fevered, yet each can also be frightening and overpowering, and the works today reflect many aspects of these elements.   Fire and Ice: Ralph Towner:  When the Fire Burns Low Tomomi Kohno, guitar “Luxe” Act Infini 1031 Bernat Vivancos:  Vocal Ice for Soprano and Cello

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